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NHC commissioners approve zoning amendment

The amendment would require heavy industry, like cement plants, to have a special use permit before getting started. The amendment would require heavy industry, like cement plants, to have a special use permit before getting started.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Commissioners in New Hanover County approved a zoning amendment that requires new businesses considered heavy industry to file for a special use permit.

The board passed the amendment 4-1 with Vice-Chair Thompson being the only opposed. Thompson's vote came after his comments about the attendees incited the crowd.

Thompson asked how many people in the audience were at the hearing specifically to take a stand against Titan Cement. A handful of folks raised their hands, which prompted Thompson to call them the only honest people in the room.

This comment upset most of the people filling the Commissioners' chamber that Sheriff's Deputies had to escort a few folks. Before the night ended, a deputy removed Thompson's official county photo from a toilet in the men's room.

Thompson laughed about the incident when WECT told him about it. He said that he's glad he could motivate people into action.

Monday's hearing focused on a proposed amendment to county planning.  The amendment would require heavy industry, like cement plants, to have a special use permit before getting started.

The planning board recently recommended the change, but county commissioners needed to hear from the public before anything is finalized.

Any company that files for a permit will have to pass two of them – one with the zoning board and the other with the county commissioners.

This proposed change is part of the county's zoning ordinance improvement project and hasn't changed since it was set in 1969.

People against the amendment said it is adding another step to an already slow process.  Some worry that this will stop businesses from coming to New Hanover County.

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